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Tsuruga is a city in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. It is the largest city in Japan's Wakasa region.HistoryAn Imperial decree in July 1899 established Tsuruga as an open port for trading with the United States and the United Kingdom.Bashō (1644-1694) wrote a celebrated haiku on the moonlight over Tsuruga bay.Tsuruga was incorporated as a city on April 1, 1937.Tsuruga is known for its two nuclear power facilities - the Monju demonstration nuclear plant and the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant.GeographySituated on Wakasa Bay, Tsuruga lies some 50 km south of Fukui, 90 km northwest of Nagoya, 40 km northwest of Maibara, 115 km northeast of Osaka, 75 km northeast of Kyoto, and 65 km east of Maizuru.Among cities on the Japan Sea coast, Tsuruga is the nearest city to the Pacific Ocean. The distance between Tsuruga and Nagoya is only 115 km. Tsuruga and Nagoya are historically close to Shiga Prefecture and Kyoto.ClimateTsuruga has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with hot summers and cool winters. Precipitation is plentiful throughout the year, and is particularly heavy in December and January.
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